When it comes to upgrading your property or home, you should always be on the lookout for ways to increase its value. You don’t want to start the wrong project and end up spending money while not adding any significant value. Trying to figure out which projects you should tackle and when is a tough process. If you’re planning to sell your house, renovating the kitchen or bathroom might be a good first step, but how can you know whether a kitchen remodel will actually add value to your home? We’ve broken down some highly sought-after features and items that can help you add value as you remodel.
Kitchen Remodel and Home Value
To increase the potential value of your kitchen remodel, you’ll need to choose the right features. Not only do you want to pick pieces that will show off your personal style; you should choose functional features that will be attractive to future buyers, should you decide to sell your home at some point.
Open Concept Layout
One of the most important features of an upgraded kitchen is the layout. A cramped and oddly-shaped kitchen area isn’t just less useful for you, it can be unappealing to potential buyers. Think about where things will be placed, such as your sink in relation to your dishwasher, to minimize clutter and maximize productivity throughout the kitchen.
An open concept kitchen provides a more inviting space, particularly in a smaller house. With fewer walls sectioning the room off, you’ll provide more natural light and the illusion of more square footage. As a bonus, guests and family members won’t feel as though they’re trampling over you or getting in the way when you’re cooking!
Remodeling can get pricey, depending on your specific needs. It can be tempting to spring for the most affordable countertop option, but choosing high-quality products over price will provide the most value over time. Quartz isn’t necessarily the cheapest countertop you could use, but it is a beautiful and practical option. The material is easy to maintain, as it doesn’t need to be resealed. It’s also easy to clean and antimicrobial, as resin binders make it nonporous.
Putting an island in your kitchen can achieve that perfect blend of form and function. Not only are they great for adding additional countertop space, they also provide more storage. Islands are extremely functional and add a beautiful, versatile focus point to your kitchen. The only limit here is your imagination: your island could function as an extra table, a display area, or a storage space for baked goods. You can even choose to add an extra sink to it, making your kitchen ready to handle some big meals.
This evolved take on a standard dishwasher is gaining popularity. The two-door design is quite useful, allowing you to easily get rid of dirty dishes accumulating in the sink. Instead of waiting for a full load of dirty dishes to pile up in the sink, you can wash a small load, or at least hide them away in your beautiful dishwasher to make your friends and family think your kitchen is clean!
When choosing cabinets, opt for something that is modern, yet timeless. The last thing you want is a design that will go out of style in a few years. That doesn’t mean your choice has to be boring; consider a unique option, like two-tone cabinetry. This style allows you to add a little character to your kitchen, with dark cabinets on top and light ones on the bottom or in your island.
Additionally, make sure to choose sleek, modern hardware that compliments your kitchen and your fixtures. Don’t be afraid to mix various metals and colors to add more charm and appeal. And while you’re mixing and matching materials, don’t forget to think about adding lighting underneath the top cabinets. Having optimal lighting is crucial to a functional kitchen.
Speaking of lighting, make sure to choose a few statement lights to complement and brighten your kitchen. Your guests (and future home buyers) need to be able to see and appreciate your brand new space, after all. A chandelier hanging over your island or kitchen table, or sconces surrounding your windows will add that “wow” factor and make your kitchen truly unique.
Last but not least, something that is on every prospective homebuyer’s list lately is a huge, farmhouse style sink. A deeper sink provides more space for washing vegetables or dishes, but also gives your kitchen a lovely, nostalgic feel. There’s just something about the farmhouse sink that turns back time and makes you feel as though you’re back at Grandma’s helping out in the kitchen!
Update Your Kitchen with Honey-Doers
Remodeling a kitchen takes a lot of work, and you’ll need a contractor who’s up for the job. Honey-Doers has over 20 years of experience helping Minneapolis families with their remodels. From the initial contact to the finishing touches of your home project, the professionals at Honey-Doers aim to exceed your expectations through our personable and dependable work. Contact us today for a free estimate.